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Geneva city Zoning Board puts Trinity project on hold

Trinity Episcopal Church won’t be proceeding with a multi-million-dollar redevelopment of its church into an events center, restaurant and inn.

At least not right away.

The city Zoning Board of Appeals this past week voted unanimously to rescind its previous approval of a use variance that would have allowed the historic South Main Street church to convert the massive stone building into a multi-use facility. The project was proposed as a way for the cash-strapped church to shore up its finances and ensure Trinity’s future in light of significantly smaller membership.

The ZBA decision comes 10 days before a proceeding in state Supreme Court in Ontario County to argue a lawsuit filed by a number of South Main Street neighbors. They were suing to have the ZBA’s decision overturned.

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